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New Musical at Valley

April 30, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on New Musical at Valley
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Loudoun Valley High School’s drama department, the Viking Players, presents its spring musical production, “Legally Blonde: The Musical.”

The show follows the story of Elle Woods, a UCLA sorority sister turned Harvard law student. When she attempts to regain the love of her college sweetheart Warner (also newly enrolled at Harvard), Elle realizes her independence and strength as a modern woman is more important than the puppy love she once had for the Kennedy-esque Warner. Elle breaks the stereotype of the “dumb blonde” and serves as an inspiration to her friends. Alie Campbell, a junior, playing Elle Woods and music director said, “Seeing everyone’s confidence grow throughout this process has been most rewarding.” Alexandra Poirier who plays Kate added, “It’s important to see this show because, though it starts off fluffy and shallow, by the end you’ll see the underlying message is ‘be yourself, for you can achieve greatness’.” … Continue Reading

The Show Must Go On: Songwriting Team Triumphs Through Adversity

February 5, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Show Must Go On: Songwriting Team Triumphs Through Adversity
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The musical theater program at Blue Ridge Middle School has a reputation for excellence, thanks to the dedication of theater veteran Dolly Stevens. Last year was a banner year for Stevens and her drama students. Blue Ridge Middle School was the first public middle school in the eastern United States to take on a full production of CATS. Not only did the show sell out all four performances in advance, it was honored with four National Youth Arts awards.

The grand success of CATS only inspired Stevens to raise the bar for the next show. She decided to follow her dream of writing and composing a full-length musical. Stevens decided to expand on a small production that she and Tom Sweitzer co-wrote in 1995 titled “The Little Mermaid.” The show was an adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy-tale. Stevens approached her CATS musical director, Jennifer Warren Baker, about arranging and scoring the show. Baker agreed, and the creative journey began. … Continue Reading

“The Little Mermaid” Comes to Blue Ridge

February 5, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on “The Little Mermaid” Comes to Blue Ridge
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Blue Ridge Middle School is presenting “The Little Mermaid,” the world premiere of an original musical opening Feb. 28. This musical, written and directed by veteran stage director Dolly Stevens, is based on the Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale of the same name.

Join Haley the mermaid as she turns 15 years old and leaves behind her seven mer-sisters and travels to the ocean surface with her trusty sidekick, Maxwell the puffer fish. She travels beyond the beautiful mer-world filled with goldfish, dolphins, rainbow fish, starfish and many other awesome sea world creatures. Along the way she encounters trouble as she falls victim to the underworld and Mona the sea witch with her singing seaweed and evil sharks. Haley and Maxwell make it to the surface and meet Prince Frederick, Alfred and the other “humans.” … Continue Reading

Bluegrass Concert at the Old Schoolhouse

January 19, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bluegrass Concert at the Old Schoolhouse

The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 40th season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m. featuring Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers. Tickets are $15 at the door, show time is 7:00 p.m.and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Lucketts’ famous hot dogs, barbeque sandwiches plus other snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

Rebel Records artists, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, are a red hot band in the bluegrass world today. In 2013, they topped the charts with the song, “Bottom of a Mountain,” and now Joe and Junior Sisk’s collaboration on the single, “Wild Mountain Honey,” is currently holding the top rating on Bluegrass Today’s January chart. Joe Mullins , a veteran bluegrass performer and radio broadcaster, formed Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers in 2006 with the intent of performing an energetic mix of quality Bluegrass and Gospel music played with inventive instrumentals, vocal arrangements and a cappella quartets along with a touch of tasteful- down-home humor. To say that they have accomplished that intention is an understatement. The band’s recordings are heavily played on numerous bluegrass-oriented radio stations and have earned many accolades. Over his long career, Joe has earned five IBMA awards and three SPBGMA awards. In addition to Joe on banjo, the Radio Ramblers include: Duane Sparks on guitar and vocals, Evan McGregor on fiddle, Mike Terry on Mandolin and Randy Barnes on bass. The words of Pete Fisher, General Manager of the Grand Ole Opry, say it all about this band: “They are awesome.” www.radioramblers.com.

An Evening of Folk and Fairy Tales

December 3, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on An Evening of Folk and Fairy Tales
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Presented By The Loudoun Valley High School Drama Department

The Loudoun Valley High School Drama Department will present an evening of folk and fairy tales on December 6 and 7 at 7:00 p.m. and December 8 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 and will be sold at the door.

Loudoun Valley’s production, titled “The Crane Wife & Other Tales,” includes three tales familiar to audiences worldwide. “The Crane Wife,” by Barbara Carlisle and directed by Loudoun Valley’s new Director of Theater, Russ Staggs, is the story of a young farmer in a small Japanese village who saves a beautiful crane from death and is rewarded with a beautiful bride. When the young farmer discovers his new wife’s ability to weave otherworldly cloth to sell at market, his greed overtakes him. Too late, the young farmer learns his wife’s true identity and the secret of her weaving…and loses everything he holds dear. This Japanese tale is followed by two of the Grimm Brother’s most famous stories: “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Rumplestiltskin,” adapted by Laura Agudelo and directed by LVHS seniors Amanda Barr and Emily Jackson, respectively. All three stories incorporate direction, costumes, and design influenced by the Kabuki theatre of Japan.

This production is a fun-filled evening for the whole family. Each production will take place in the Loudoun Valley High School Auditorium, and tickets will be sold at the door. Please call Russ Staggs at 540-751-2400 for further information.

Annie, Daddy Warbucks and Sandy Are Coming – Gee Whiskers! Leapin’ Lizards!

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“Annie” the classic, all-ages story based on Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie comic strip is coming to Franklin Park Visual & Performing Arts Center December 13-22 (Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.).

The play – as charming as the original comic strip, which came on the scene in 1924 – is a cultural icon. It follows the life and adventures of a young girl named Annie, abandoned by her parents in front of a 1930s orphanage in New York City.

Known for her positive personality – and her sunny and upbeat phrases “Gee Whiskers!” and “Leaping Lizards!” – Annie’s story is interesting in that the comic strip’s author used his main character to express his opinions on the politics of the day, weaving in plotlines having to do with communism, the Great Depression, the New Deal and others. Annie combats what Grey saw as the negative forces of his times, while helping others to do the same. … Continue Reading

First Year for Middleburg Film Festival

November 6, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on First Year for Middleburg Film Festival
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Festival founder Sheila Johnson welcomed thousands of guests to the first Middleburg Film Festival October 24-27.

Festival Executive Director Susan Koch noted that “from the very beginning, our primary objective has been to create a small, but carefully curated, slate of outstanding films – as well as foster an intimate and accessible festival experience.”

The festival included films such as “August: Osage County,” “The Best Offer,” “The Butterfly’s Dream,” “Capital,” “Child’s Pose,” “Gloria,” “Like Father, Like Son,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Nebraska” “One Chance,” “Philomena” and “Le Week-End.” … Continue Reading

Bluegrass Concert at the Old School House

The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 40th season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. featuring the Nothin’ Fancy. Tickets are $15 at the door, show time is 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Lucketts’ famous hot dogs, barbeque sandwiches plus other snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

NOTHIN’ FANCY ~ are five time winners of the Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBMGA) “Entertaining Group of the Year” (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013). If that is not enough, The band has also been nominated for SPBGMA’s Vocal Group of the Year and each band member has been nominated for individual awards as well. Their strong vocals, powerful instrumentation, and energetic stage presence, coupled with their friendly down-to-earth charm, keep people coming back for more. … Continue Reading

The I.IV.V’s, “Buried Alive In The Blues”

October 2, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The I.IV.V’s, “Buried Alive In The Blues”
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The promotional message on this band’s business card reads: “Blues that make you move.” And they rightly do. Their music, described as Chicago style blues, is tight and flowing, smooth, rhythmic and highly refined, with each instrument blending perfectly into the other while rendering a sound all its own. Listening to it, you do want to dance, take a slow spin, open your ears to the meaning of the song, even if it is with yourself.

But, it’s a verse in one of the first songs to be played by the band at this year’s Bluemont Fair that had me nodding and thinking to myself, “That’s it – absolutely, that’s what defines this band.” “Buried alive in the blues … “ is how the line goes. Buried alive without a care in the world, immersed in your music and where it takes you, oblivious to everything around. Captive of the feeling. That’s how I felt watching “Chopper” sing, a man lost in his music even as he engaged a chatty, freewheeling audience of children and adults, couples and teenagers hanging out on a perfectly beautiful late September afternoon in rural, Virginia. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Lyric Opera Auditions for Hansel and Gretel

July 30, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Lyric Opera Auditions for Hansel and Gretel
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Englebert Humperdinck’s delightful family opera, Hansel & Gretel, is set for production December 6-15, and auditions will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18 by appointment from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 West Market St., Leesburg.

Children should bring sheet music and be prepared to sing one song in English as well as to learn some new music during the audition. An accompanist will be provided. Rehearsals begin September 29th. To schedule an audition or for more information, e-mail admin@loudounlyricopera.com.

Dancin’ Unlimited Goes Broadway and Beyond

April 18, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Dancin’ Unlimited Goes Broadway and Beyond

Franklin Park Arts Center Hosts a Jazz Dance Extravaganza

Experience the power, passion, and precision of live jazz dance. Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company will perform Dancin’ on Broadway and Beyond, a Broadway showcase tribute, at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville. On Saturday, April 27, at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m., audiences will experience the thrill of Broadway smash-hit numbers, a jazz dance extravaganza of musical theatre and contemporary concert jazz dance.

Leave the prosceniums and drop curtains in Manhattan; Dancin’ Unlimited, directed by Northern Virginia jazz dance icon Marilyn York, brings the best of Broadway to the small theatre setting. The show is packed with signature songs and dance pieces from A Chorus Line, Fosse, and Pajama Game, with medleys of Sinatra songs and the recent movie musical Burlesque.

“We will take you on a jazz dance journey through dance styles that made Broadway famous,” says York. Dancin’ Unlimited’s motto is “Jazz Dance with Class.” They hold true to classical technique and clean lines with the exuberance to light up Broadway to boot. The program is family friendly, great for jazz dance enthusiasts of all ages.

Jeff Hall – Sculpture As a Measure of a Well Pursued Life

April 3, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Jeff Hall – Sculpture As a Measure of a Well Pursued Life
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“I just want to do exciting work.”

That’s a quote from Lovettsville sculptor Jeffrey Hall. A true artist who earnestly juggles the need to make a living with the joyful talent inside that knows it can produce magnificent work, and wants to share it with the world.

Walk into Jeff’s enormous 19th century barn turned studio and you are overwhelmed with both the size and the scope of what he has produced. A huge cast bronze sundial piece depicting a man, representing the sun, shielding a woman, representing the moon. A quiet, reflective clay bust of a beloved diplomat – preparation for a formal statue that this fall will grace an embassy in Washington DC. A dramatic Lucite and brass piece that reveals multiple figures and reflections as it slowly rotates on a turntable. … Continue Reading

Al Petteway and Amy White Coming to Franklin Park on April 26

April 3, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Al Petteway and Amy White Coming to Franklin Park on April 26
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Provided by the Franklin Park Arts Center

Award-winning, critically acclaimed, passionate and playful, Al & Amy offer an intoxicating blend of musical styles. Their repertoire includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to rock and jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, world percussion, and a touch of vocals.

Beyond the sheer talent of both Al and Amy, audiences love the diversity of instruments they play, their warm stage presence and the multi-media show, ”Land of the Sky” in which they combine live music with projections of their nature photography of the Southern Appalachians. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017

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?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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